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Severe drought in the U.S. spurs grass-painting trend


Drought has caused plants to wither across the U.S. this summer (file photo courtesy of Jerry Daoust)
Drought has caused plants to wither across the U.S. this summer (file photo courtesy of Jerry Daoust)

Staff writers

July 27, 2012 — It's been a dry and humid summer across much of the U.S., and the conditions have turned countless yards an unsightly shade of yellow.

With rain scarce and water bans in place, some people have turned to lawn painting in an effort to salvage their turf.

The process involves spraying permanent green dye onto parched grass and it can keep a yard looking for fresh for months, even in the absence of water.

The dyes are said to be non-toxic and safe for children and animals.

Some service providers say they're booked solid this summer, which comes as no surprise.

Earlier this month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack confirmed that approximately one-third of the country's counties are struggling with drought.

With files from the Associated Press

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